“What’s a nice cat like me doing in a place like this? It’s a hot dog place.”
“If you have a penchant for dogs—either the four-legged kind or those wrapped in a bun—it might behoove you to plan a breakfast or lunch stop at The Beach Dog Cafe the next time you’re in Lincoln City.
“A preliminary phone conversation alerted me that with only seven tables and two barstools, ‘there is no slow time … we’re always busy,’ which translated into ‘it could be a 30-minute wait.’
“We entertained ourselves in the interim eyeing hundreds of framed dog pictures and dog-related adages” (Diane Reynolds for the Statesman Journal).
And while you can “build your own” by combining your “encased meat” with a list of toppings, the café did most of this work for you and had a lengthy list of combinations. There was The Reuben Dog with a grilled bratwurst topped with Thousand Island dressing, European style sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese. There was The Taco Dog with a grilled basic dog topped with crushed corn chips, seasoned ground beef, cilantro, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. There was The S.L.T. Dog with a grilled Polish sausage topped with lettuce and diced tomato and served with a side of ranch sauce. Could this last be the mountain of food shown on this diner’s plate?
With my dog, I ordered a cup of chile that was made with few beans and lots of cumin and accompanied by a handful of warm tortilla chips on which cheese had been melted.
Chuck’s Slaw Dog was a large kosher hot dog topped with the café’s house-made cole slaw and accompanied by a side of horseradish sauce.
My Bacon Jack Dog was a grilled spicy sausage topped with ranch dressing, chopped bacon, grilled onions, pepper jack cheese, tomato, and cilantro.
I get some of these. Blackening, when not done in Louisiana, can result in a plate of burned tasting food. I know that kale is good for you, but what else is it good for? And why does every sandwich need to be topped with a fried egg? But bacon? I still believe that everything goes better with bacon. And what better than a grilled “encased meat” made of pork?
Both of our sandwiches came on really great rolls that the café gets from the Franz Family Bakery headquartered in Portland. It is said that “…(i)n collaboration with E. E. Franz of Franz Bakery, W.P. Yaw of the former Yaw's Top Notch Restaurant invented the 5-inch (130 mm) diameter hamburger bun in the late 1920's. Though others are credited with creating a bread product to use for the first hamburgers known to the world, Franz is credited for inventing the hamburger bun in its current worldwide accepted form” (portlandoregondailyphoto.blogspot.com).
And both of us chose the potato salad from the list of sides that included house made potato salad, cole slaw, skillet-style potatoes, or chips. This was a well above average version that was enhanced by a small amount of chopped onion.